The Neoteric’s fancy fabric— Polartec’s NeoShell—might be the ideal material for a resort ski jacket. It’s breathable, quiet, stretchy, and totally waterproof. And Eddie Bauer employs it perfectly: the cut is just roomy enough for layering and freedom of movement, with a long hem that kept us dry through all but the most violent wipeouts. It’s also equipped with enor- mous storm-flap-protected pit zips, plenty of pockets, and a helmet-compatible hood. The tethered goggle wipe adds a touch of luxury to a surprisingly well-priced offering, making the Neoteric the best combination of price, fit, features, and performance of this year’s crop.